I have discussed the following material previously, but it beyond comprehension that the current administration is utterly ignoring the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report that provided an in-depth analysis of how the terrorists who attacked our nation on September 11, 2001 were able to enter the United States in the first place and then manage to game the immigration benefits program which enabled them to embed themselves in our country. The 9/11 Commission also prepared a Monograph on Terrorist Travel which focused on these issues as well.
Here is a link to the Staff Report (Monograph) on Terrorist Travel in its entirety:
Here is are two important excerpt from the 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel.
First of all, here is the first paragraph from the preface of that report:
“It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.”
Here is a paragraph under the title “Immigration Benefits” found on page 98:
“Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.”
It is crystal clear that immigration fraud represents a huge threat to national security as do failures to enforce immigration laws violated by foreign nationals who manage to enter the United States.
On January 25, 2013 Homeland Security Newswire, an online publication that focuses on national security, posted an article that was entitled:
This article was itself predicated on a report issued by the Center for Immigration Studies that sounded the alarm about how a significant number of naturalized citizens have been charged and convicted of crimes that involve serious breaches of the national security of the United States including terrorism, espionage and theft of sensitive information and technology.
The report noted that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that the INS and now DHS, cannot strip a naturalized citizen of his (her) citizenship even when there were lies concerning material facts in the application for naturalization. Under the ruling a person could only be stripped of citizenship pursuant to a successful criminal trial or through a civil lawsuit filed in federal court.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mike RosenNovember 15, 2012 512.633.4550McCaul Subcommittee Report Connects Dots Between Iran, Hezbollah and Mexican Drug CartelsUnderscores Terrorist Threat to the Southwest BorderWASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the Homeland Security Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, today released the report “A Line in the Sand: Countering Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border“, an assessment of the threat from drug cartels and terrorist organizations.While the original Line in the Sand report in 2006 focused primarily on Mexican drug cartel activity, this report connects the dots between Iran and Hezbollah’s growing presence in Latin America, and their recently documented nexus with Mexican drug cartels. The Subcommittee believes this underscores a threat that is not fully on the radar of this administration.The Subcommittee believes the presence of Iran and Hezbollah in Latin America represents a strategic migration to position terrorist operations within striking distance of the United States. If Iran is provoked, the report asserts Hezbollah finance cells in Latin America will have the ability to turn operational.The report cites the central criticism of the 9/11 Commission was our failure to connect thedots and to use our imagination when assessing the threat landscape. This report is an attempt to be pro-active and not reactive.NOTE: The report is the subject of an Oversight & Investigations hearing tomorrow.Friday, Nov. 16, 9:00am, 311 CannonLive Web Stream (Internet Explorer preferred)
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Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10)
Chairman, Homeland Security Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee
On December 14, 2012 NextGov Magazine published the following article:
The hearing was covered by C-SPAN and the video of that entire hearing is certainly worth watching!
On September 1, 2006 the House Judiciary Committee, then chaired by Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, held a field hearing at Dubuque, Iowa on the topic:
I was one of the four witnesses who testified at that hearing. I made mention of the way that immigration benefit fraud enabled the terrorists to embed themselves in the United States by citing the specific example of one of the terrorists who participated in the 1993 World Trade Center attack. Here is an excerpt from my testimony:
A notable example of such a terrorist can be found in a review of the facts concerning Mahmud Abouhalima, a citizen of Egypt who entered the United States on a tourist visa, overstayed his authorized period of admission and then applied for amnesty under the agricultural worker provisions of IRCA. He succeeded in obtaining resident alien status through this process. During the 5 year period he drove a cab and had his license suspended numerous times for various violations of law and he ultimately demonstrated his appreciation for our Nation’s generosity by participating in the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 that left six people dead, hundreds of people injured and an estimated one-half billion dollars in damages inflicted on that iconic, ill-fated complex. America had opened his doors to him so that he might participate in the American dream and he turned that dream into our worst nightmare. The other terrorists who attacked our Nation on subsequent attacks, including the attacks of September 11, 2001, similarly exploited our generosity, seeing in our Nation’s kindness, weakness, gaming the immigration system to enter our country and then hide in plain sight among us.
These documents would then enable them to circumvent the various no-fly and terror watch lists. They would be able to use these documents as breeder documents, get driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, open bank accounts, even library cards, all the while staying under the radar and obscuring and concealing their true identity, and all of this at a time when the citizens of our country have witnessed an erosion of many of the freedoms that we have come to take for granted in the name of national security.
I have heard the President often state that if our nation allowed aliens who simply wanted to work to do so, that law enforcement could then focus on the terrorists. I have to respectfully disagree with this optimistic but extremely naive assessment.
Awhile back, Robert Mueller, the director of the FBI, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his concerns about so-called sleeper agents. As you know, a sleeper agent is a terrorist, spy or enemy combatant who one way or another succeeds in gaining entry into the United States to carry out an attack or other hostile act against our country.
But while awaiting his instructions, however, such individuals do whatever they have to do to not call attention to themselves. Many, as we have seen, get low-profile [jobs], such as driving an ice cream truck, a taxicab, work in a used car lot, or attend school. Often the job that they take provides them with mobility to move freely among us as they conduct clandestine meetings, surveillance or other preparatory functions till the day that they are called into action.
A few days before a terrorist carries out an attack, he is in fact likely to hide in plain sight by going to his job. If our Government makes it that much easier for a terrorist to legally get a job under an assumed identity, then Al Qaida should give the people in our Government who make this possible the MVP award.
The GuestWorker Amnesty Program will undoubtedly entice ever-increasing numbers of illegal aliens to head for our country, because this program will convince people throughout the world that in the United States not only will you be permitted to break the law and get away with it, but that we are actually willing to reward you for breaking the law by even providing you with Social Security benefits when you commit identity theft and use somebody else’s Social Security number, even as law enforcement agencies across our country are increasingly turning to asset forfeiture strategies to combat a wide variety of crimes on the city, State and Federal level.
Moreover, there is no door that could be shut so there is no way to keep the millions more illegal aliens from gaining access to our country. The confidentiality provisions would also hobble efforts by law enforcement officials to make certain that criminal and terrorist aliens have their applications properly scrutinized, inviting more fraud.
The avalanche of applications will further erode any effort to restore integrity to the benefit system, meaning that fraud will become even more attractive to criminal and terrorist aliens, furthering encouraging more of them to seek to enter the United States, making it easier for them to game the system, and then we wind up with a vicious cycle where we have more aliens filing more applications, and quality will continue to erode as more applications are filed.
And, meanwhile, decent people who file applications for benefits will be put on the back of this line because the overflowing system won’t be able to deal with their applications. That was one of the lessons of the 1986 amnesty, in fact.
Additionally, a meaningful effort needs to be made, not only to deny applications where fraud is involved but to prosecute people who become involved in fraud and to remove aliens who are identified as being the beneficiaries of fraud applications. Right now they file an application with little fear of either criminal charges being brought or administrative deportation actions being initiated.
So if you consider all of this and you realize that the bill of 1986 is essentially a reworked version that we are looking at now, it makes no sense to continue along this path. S. 2611, at a time that we are in now, facing terrorism, facing growing problems with narcotics and gang activities in the United States, makes no sense, and any kind of amnesty program must not be considered at this time.
Audit: Feds’ immigration check system fails 12 percent of the time
On December 18, 2012 the Washington Times published a story about a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report that incompetence and ineptitude at USCIS is so rampant that criminal aliens stay in the United States and obtain jobs in sensitive locations and participate in various social welfare programs.
The report begins by noting that of the one in eight aliens ordered deported who never leave, some end up working in sensitive airport areas and get benefits like Medicaid or food stamps. Others who should have been expelled have serious criminal records including charges for assault with a deadly weapon, drug convictions, extortion and child abuse according the inspector general’s audit. In total, 800,000 aliens are still living in the U.S despite deportation orders.